Howdy hey there Beer Leaguer!
Good to see you on this beautiful Wednesday in St. Louis as we get ready for League Night tomorrow and just revel in the amount of awesome Back to the Future posts that are all over the internet, everywhere – but Neil deGrasse Tyson is just going crazy with it. Totally worth a look.
Not to mention this bit of hilarity – how will we fuel Mr. Fusion without High Life? Thankfully, that prediction didn’t pan out. Close call! And it’s good to see that they didn’t accurately predict the future… looking at you here, Cubs fans.
But hey – enough about BTTF day and more about this week’s beer! Continuing our trend from last Thursday, this week we’re going to try 1554 from New Belgium Brewing. Over at the New Belgium website, they say that 1554 is:
Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 BLACK LAGER BEER uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.
The high review from Beer Advocate is from donscott who gave it a 5/5 and says:
1554 has become a regular staple in my house. I am a huge Fat tire fan and figured I would try some of New Belgium’s other beers. They are quickly becoming my favorite brewery and is always in my house. They have a great variety pack at Costco. unfortunately 1554 is not apart of that pack. Good stuff.
The low review from Beer Advocate is from davidvaz who gave it a paltry 1.34/5 and said:
Drank straight from the bottle, so I rated the appearance average (don’t Really know)
Smell: Malty scent, but no effervescecne of other flavors–except for stale soap water.
Taste: Stale soapy, yet malty, like if the bottle was re-used after washing but not thouroughly rinsing.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, fresh finish, no distinct aftertaste, kind of flat.
Drikability: Just barely finished one bottle. not much carbonation, like a flat beer on the verge of getting skunky.
I would not recommend this beer and I will not buy it again.
Ol’ Dynamind69 from RateBeer brings in the high score of 20/20 and said:
This is the perfect dark ale,I have finally found a great ale,with mild hops.It is not too bitter,the sweet malts are perfect.This is the best dark ale I have ever had and I will make my primary daily drinker.I liked everything about it. Perfect! I like this brew better than fat tire.Its the best tasting beer in the world ,I love it.
So there we go, this Thursday we’re drinking some 1554 and brainstorming Halloween costume ideas, because there are many, many awesome Halloween Parties & Costume Contests coming up soon!
That’s right, The Waiting Room is having a Halloween Party & Costume Contest on the 30th – and we’ve got cash prizes for Best Costume, a ton of drink specials, and DJ Airtight spinning all night long. Costume contest entry is around 9:30ish and you’ll want to make sure you enter – because 1st Place is taking home a trophy from Todd Fischer, mixed-media artist and friend of TWR in addition to the cash prize for 1st! Check out the event for more info and updates – until we see you on the 30th!
On October 24th from 1-5 PM, the St. Louis Brewers Guild are hosting their annual Halloween Party – a Spooktacular Event! With awards for best costumes (make sure you dress up!) and tickets available day-of, you better polish up that Scarecrow costume and get down there to win! And of course, there are unlimited tastings from the following brewers:
STLBG Breweries already confirmed to participate include: 2nd Shift, 4 Hands, Alpha, Anheuser-Busch, Augusta, Big Muddy, Cathedral Square, Charleville, Civil Life, Crown Valley, Earthbound, Excel, Exit 6, Ferguson, Griesiedieck, Heavy Riff, Kirkwood Station, Main & Mill, Main Street, Mark Twain, Morgan Street, Narrow Gauge, O’Fallon, Peel, Perennial, Recess, Schlafly, Six Mile Bridge, Square One, Standard, Old Bakery, Trailhead, Urban Chestnut, and Public House.